Category Archives: Trade not Aid
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The Palestine General Federation of Trade and Labor Unions protested at the Rafah crossing to demand its permanent reopening and an end to the Egyptian military restrictions along the border with Gaza.
Gazan workers who make up most of work force in coastal enclave have been hit with high unemployment following the Egyptian military crackdown on tunnels which are considered as Gaza’s lifeline amid the choking Israeli blockade. Now that most of tunnels are either destroyed or closed workers demand that Rafah be used also as a commercial crossing to allow badly needed goods into the besieged territory.The Egyptian military has maintained tight restrictions on nearly 1.8 million Gazans following the ouster of Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi last July.
The continued Egyptian military’s restrictions at Rafah have only exacerbated the already tight and inhumane Israeli blockade in place since 2007. Gazans blame the international community and especially Arab countries’ silence for their suffering.Analysts say the Israeli apartheid regime and the Egyptian military seem to be working hand in hand in blockading the people of Gaza. The Egyptian military has kept the Rafah crossing closed most of the time since the ouster of Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi last year. Many people here believe the Egyptian military is acting as Israel's proxy in maintaining the blockade.
High-tech machine was supposed to offer solution to Israel’s security concerns about Gazan exports.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has canceled a gala ceremony planned for Sunday to inaugurate a new container scanner donated by the Netherlands to Israel’s border crossing with the Gaza Strip, due to Israel’s refusal to view the high-tech machine as grounds for allowing exports fromGaza to the West Bank to resume.
The video includes coverage of Gaza's Ark initiative and an interview with David Heap.
CORRECTION: Gaza's Ark will NOT carry over 100 people. In addition to its cargo, it will likely carry no more than 20 people or so; and our revised timeline is to sail in the spring of 2014 as announced on 21 August (NOT by the end of this year).
September 11, 2013
RAFAH, Gaza Strip – As part of a crackdown against Sinai militants, Egypt’s military-led government destroyed at least 40 smuggling tunnels over the last two weeks, according to officials in the Gaza Strip.
The move has exacerbated shortages in Gaza of construction materials and cheap Egyptian-produced gasoline, which are the primary products delivered through the tunnels.
by Dr Sarah Marusek
Friday, 30 August 2013 16:18
Reposted from the blog of Kevin Neish
One of the positive projects that’s happening in Gaza, which started in Canada, is the Gaza Ark. It’s being organised by the same folks who tried to break the Israeli sea blockade of Gaza in 2011 with the ship the Tahrir, the Canadian Boat to Gaza. The Tahrir was boarded by the Israeli military, while in international waters, and hijacked to Ashdod, along with it’s crew and passengers, who were then jailed and deported. Their crime? Entering Israel illegally! It boggles the mind, but considering the numerous other crimes Israel has perpetrated against the Palestinians, this is just one more minor outrage.